National Indigenous Peoples Day festivities took place at City Square Plaza in Regina’s downtown Thursday.
Many events, including dances and demonstrations were held throughout the morning and afternoon.
Mayor Michael Fougere said it’s important that the city is involved in recognizing the day.
“There’s a lot of emotion, lot’s of feeling of injustice (and) not being heard, and I acknowledge that, and certainly I’d say my conversation was very much involved with acknowledging that,” Fougere said. “I would just say that these are hard conversations to have but we have to move forward.”
Bray says Regina Police is hearing their concerns loud and clear.
Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess First Nation says Indigenous People’s Day highlights the work being done year-round by first Nations people.
“365 days a year, I am a spokesman on behalf Cowessess First Nation, and not only on behalf of the Cowessess First Nation, but just being an indigenous person, I’m out there constantly advocating that we are ready for growth, we are ready to be where we know we can be.”
One of the organizers of Thursday’s event Bob Allin says this is a day to celebrate culture and heritage. He feels sharing culture leads to understanding which he believes will help the community move forward.